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From the author of Rust Stardust comes this heartbreaking story inspired by true events of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter Dover Massachusetts Ginny Richardson's heart was torn open when her baby girl Lucy born with Down Syndrome was taken from her Under pressure from his powerful family her husband Ab sent Lucy away to Willowridge a special school for the “feeble minded Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best That. Amazing writing amazing story telling and I could not stop reading it Honestly I was just going to preview a bit of this novel and planned on reading it next month That never happened I became so absorbed in the story and so invested in the characters that I simply couldn t put the book down It was such a compelling story line and I just fell in love with little Lucy and truly cared about her and her mom Ginny I had to see the story through to the endIt was 1969 and Ginny s baby girl Lucy was born with Down s Syndrome Ginny was tricked by her high and mighty family into committing Lucy to an institution named Willowridge Oh the horrors that come out about what has been taking place at Willowbridge prompt Ginny and her bestie Martha who I also loved to grab baby Lucy and take off on a Thelma and Louise inspired road trip I found myself cheering these ladies on and wanting to cuddle Lucy myselfI teared up I took deep breaths and I delighted in everything LucyOkay I Loved Lucy xoxoxoHighly recommend you read it and fall in love tooThanks to St Martin s Press for my ARC to readreview

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They should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead That they should try to move on But two years later when Ginny's best friend Marsha shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell on earth its sualid hallways filled with neglected children she knows she can't leave her daughter there With Ginny's six year old son in tow Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves What they find sets their course. Virginia Ginny Richardson worked in a library when she met Abbot Jr Ab He came from money because his father led a very successful law firm Abbot Sr had designs set on his son he wanted him to go to Harvard Law school and follow in his footsteps But Ab had other ideas about joining a group of aid workers for six months in Vietnam When Ab brought Ginny to his family s sparkling and imposing mansion Abbot Sr made it clear that she wasn t an ideal candidate for his son s future wife But Ab had already secreted his grandmother s 3 carat diamond engagement ring out of the family safe and proposed to Ginny which she accepted Then Ginny got pregnant which helped decide how things were going to go Despite the less than ideal timing Ab was elated when he learned Ginny was pregnantso much so that he began dancing with Ginny s mother in celebration upon hearing the news Now compromises were to be made with Ab s family Ab would indeed go to law school Ab s family would provide a high society country club wedding and honeymoon when Ginny had dreamed of a uiet small affair and a small starter home would be provided for the newly minted familyThe dueling chapter timelines are 1969 and 1971 which serve to weave the story along to its poignant conclusion I grew up in the sixties and seventies so I am uite drawn to this setting As the book begins Ginny already the mother of 4 year old son Peyton is heavily pregnant with her second child She s at the baby shower her mother in law Sylvia has thrown for her at the mansion As the affair is ending her water breaks and she s on her way to delivery at the hospital Back then women were still being put out to give birth and when she wakes up all is not as it should be What should be a celebratory atmosphere of elation is instead a somber and extremely tense situation with furtive glances Ginny wants to hold her baby girl and the nurse reluctantly lets her do so Ginny takes in the gorgeous dark lashes and marvels over her beautiful baby girl but is told that her child has a severe developmental disability In blunt terms Ginny is told Lucy is mongoloid retarded and will have heart problems In accurate medical terms Lucy has Down Syndrome a genetic disorder The next day when Ginny is discharged from the hospital and is looking to hold her baby Ab sheepishly tells her that Lucy s already been taken away to Willowridge School where that facility can handle the many challenges Lucy will face Four year old Peyton has been told that his little sister went to the angels For Ginny it s a dichotomy where she s in deep mourning but her baby girl didn t actually die Ginny broaches the subject with Ab about visiting Lucy but is told that visitation is discouraged before two years have passed So Ginny plods through her daily life as a mother and wife ironing and starching Ab s shirts caring for Peyton and their newer elaborate home another perk from the in laws Then Ginny s best friend Marsha descends upon the home with explosive newspaper articles about Willowridge There are photos depicting neglect with unsanitary and inhumane living conditions at this so called school Now Ginny is off the rails with concern and immediately wants to visit Lucy To give away too many details would be a disservice to the future reader as they should be discovered and savored on their own for this is an exuisitely written story Let me just say that Ginny and Marsha take off in Thelma Louise like fashion if you haven t seen that movie I highly recommend it on a mission to find Lucy There are a multitude of lessons of love told in the pages of this book In 1972 investigative reporter Geraldo Rivera did an expose about the Willowbrook school that shocked the nation and ignited change in federal civil rights legislation for people with disabilities Undoubtedly this book was based on Willowbrook Today we see people with Down Syndrome living with their families not shut away in institutions On a personal note my brother in law who is in his fifties lives with my husband college age son and I He used to live downstairs with my mother in law but when she passed away we gladly took him into our home He does not have Down Syndrome but has other mental disabilities as well as a profound speech impediment He is a handsome gentle loving well mannered and very well liked individual in our community He loves to crochet blankets do puzzles paint by number and play video games He used to be a diaper changing assistant when my mother in law watched our infant son He keeps busy with regular parks and recreation activities our town provides for ability challenged residents He also has won too many ribbons and trophies to count participating in Special Olympics He goes on many wonderful trips with these programs He s also a great help around the house with vacuuming and other home improvement projects where my husband engages his enthusiastic assistance Not to mention his mastery of the Keurig coffeemaker when he gladly makes me a perfect cup of coffee I digress from the book but in summation the interaction between Lucy and Ginny where she first received real love was a conduit to learning My heart is full after reading this book I read it within two days which is unheard of for me It is probably the best book that I ve read this year and I highly recommend itThank you to St Martin s Press who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley

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On a heart racing journey across state lines turning Ginny into a fugitiveFor the first time Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.. 35 stars for Greenwood s story of betrayal love and forgiveness It s 1969 and Ginny Richardson s daughter Lucy is born with Down Syndrome This is a time where institutionalizing children with Down Syndrome was common and the genetic disorder was stigmatized and widely misunderstood Lucy is taken from her mother at birth and left at Willowridge School where unbeknownst to her mother she and all the other children are living in horrific conditions being mistreated and ill cared for When the horrors of Willowridge are exposed two years later Ginny finally goes to see her daughter and knows she can t leave her there another minute Soon Ginny finds herself on the run with her son best friend and Lucy in tow While I was instantly enad with Lucy and wanted the best for her I never completely identified with Ginny How could she let 2 years go by without ever seeing her daughter I simply could not fathom ever accepting something like as a mom myself I expected to be shared about Willowridge and would have really liked to see that explored fully It could have been such an emotional yet amazing story if explored from that angle Google articles and photos of Willowbrook State School in Staten Island NY where Greenwood got her inspiration for this story They will break your heart and haunt your dreams Sadly this story left me wanting Thank you to T Greenwood St Martin s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this book


10 thoughts on “Keeping Lucy

  1. says:

    This book captivated me from start to finish Very mild spoilersIt's 1969 and Ginny has just given birth to her second child a baby girl with down syndrome The moment she's born Ginny's doctor tells her that she won't be able to keep the baby and that her baby will likely die within a few years from a heart condition or something else Her husband wants to protect the family by sending the baby to a school for children wit

  2. says:

    My reviews can also be seen at again T Greenwood has written a story that kept me riveted as I flew through the pages Ginny Richardson had always wanted a simple life Her husband Ab had said he wanted the same thing They were going to live in a little cabin in the woods with their children enjoying nature and each other Unfortunately those dreams were shattered early on “They didn’t know that there would be a whole s

  3. says:

    Amazing writing amazing story telling and I could not stop reading it Honestly I was just going to preview a bit of this novel and planned on reading it next month That never happened I became so absorbed in the story and so invested in the characters that I simply couldn't put the book down It was such a compelling story line and I just fell in love with little Lucy and truly cared about her and her mom Ginny I had to

  4. says:

    When Ginny Richardson's daughter Lucy is born with down syndrome her husband has her taken to Willowridge a school for the feeble minded” Ginny is heartbroken but her husband convinces her that Lucy being in Willowridge is in everyone's best

  5. says:

    Update Today August 6th 2019 happy publication day for this novelI have been a fan of T Greenwood’s writing for uite some time I have also been disappointed once before but never to the degree that I was disappointed in

  6. says:

    Virginia Ginny Richardson worked in a library when she met Abbot Jr Ab He came from money because his father led a very successful la

  7. says:

    Enjoyable unputdownable fascinatingOh my goodness This book was so good and so beautifully written T Greenwood is one of my absolute favourite authors and I never hesitate in picking up one of her novels A totally absorbing and captivating read from start to finish Would recommendThank you so much to NetGalley St Martin's Press T Greenwood

  8. says:

    45Last year I read T Greenwood’s release Rust and Stardust and thoroughly loved it After seeing her latest release I cou

  9. says:

    35 stars for Greenwood's story of betrayal love and forgiveness It's 1969 and Ginny Richardson's daughter Lucy is born with Down Syndrome This is a time where institutionalizing children with Down Syndrome was common and the

  10. says:

    I very much enjoyed Rust and Stardust the author’s last book so I was excited at the opportunity to read this one When Ginny’s second chi

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